One place that is serene and beautiful for a stroll is Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. The bountiful variety of flowers and plants make it a photographer’s paradise. On a recent visit, I only had my iPhone 11 Pro Max to capture some of its beauty. But next visit … I’m taking the big camera along! By the way, if you are wondering what is that eyeball doing in that flower, it is part of Selby’s current exhibit of Salvador Dali’s “Gardens of the Mind” collaboration with The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Selby has put together cool designs inspired by Dali’s fascination with art, math, science and nature. Dali’s interest in “divine geometry” is based on the idea that natural forms such as the nautilus shell, daisies and beehives grow at a constant proportion without changing shape. Many of these numerical ratios are found in Dali’s works and throughout the Gardens.
John Ringling Causeway Bridge, Sarasota Bay
I love capturing sunsets and most times after the sun goes down, I pack up and put the camera away. But actually … the twilight ‘blue hour’ can be just as beautiful, if not a bit more challenging to capture than a sunset. Both hold equal beauty!
Flamingo at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Florida.
There’s no better place to take young and old alike than to Sarasota Jungle Gardens. With over 10 acres of lush landscaping, one can get up close and personal with all kinds of native and exotic animals, with my favorite being the beautiful flamingos like the one above. I was scheduled to join our photo club this week to visit the Sarasota Jungle Gardens but unfortunately I was unable to attend due to a conflict. As disappointing as that was, fortunately I had been there a few times over the last couple of weeks, enjoying each and every encounter. I have no doubt that many more visits are in my future!
Flamingos, Sarasota Jungle Gardens
I caught these two flamingos dancing with their lovely long necks swaying in little loving nuzzles. Standing among the Sarasota Jungle Garden’s flock of pink pandemonium was an exhilarating event of observation.
A little flamingo fact: The backward bending “knee” of a flamingo’s leg is actually the bird’s ankle. The actual knee is very close to the body and is not visible through the bird’s plumage. Our photo club is returning next month and I look forward to capturing these beauties once again!
Nikon D850 and edited in Lightroom with adjustment brush to create black background. And that’s a wrap for 2019!
The Pier, Sarasota.
As a follow-up from our recent nighttime photography workshop, I returned to the Sarasota Pier for a bit more practice. It’s a beautiful place at dusk with folks fishing or just sitting taking in the last bit of sunset. It was a great place to capture the setting sun which lined up perfectly at the end of the pier as it receded into the horizon. But those photos are for another day.
Nikon d850, 24-70 lens, 60mm, ISO 100, 6.0 sec @ f/22, edited in Lightroom, Topaz DeNoise, Luminar
Sarasota Pier, Florida.
We’re back!! We spent a week traveling back to Florida from Maine with our two doggies in tow, Harry and Lucy. We didn’t stay quite long enough in Maine to catch the beautiful fall colors I see others postling, but nonetheless, I’m happy to be here, even if the weather is still a bit too warm. My first week back, I participated in Jennifer Khordi’s workshop, hosted by our photo club. Our work was focused on sunrise/sunsets, the twilight hour and capturing the Milky Way, although the weather did not cooperate for any Milky Way shots. I had fun, met some new folks and learned some more photo skills.
Beer Can Island, Longboat Key, Florida.
We spent some evening time in Sarasota photographing the John Ringling Causeway Bridge and its constant changing color schemes. I haven’t done much evening shooting so it was fun to experiment as the sun set and the sky darkened. I look forward to coming back to these locations in the future. The Sarasota lights would make a good subject to practice on!
Until next time friends …..